Take a Virtual Field Trip with Mote

Bring our research, animals, and exhibits to your learners using affordable, easy-to-use distance learning technology.

Our virtual field trips are an exciting way to engage your learners with STEM topics. Dive into our aquarium and chat with a shark trainer. Or explore the Florida Keys and make observations like a real coral reef scientist. Request your lesson today to get a schedule that works for you.

Use our Lesson Guide to search by grade, subject area, keyword or featured animal. Alignments to Common Core, NGSS and Ocean Literacy Principles are available plus PreK-12+ resources and activity sheets. Still have questions? Talk to our curriculum experts and ask for a preview.

Make the Connection

How does this work? It's easy!  With a live, interactive video connection, we can see and hear your learners and they can see and hear us. Find out how with a quick tech check.

  • Times: SeaTrek.TV lessons available by request. We will do out best to work with your schedule. See our calendar for our availability. Note, free and reduced fee lessons are offered on a monthly basis and have additional requirements. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is located in Sarasota, FL and we are in the Eastern Time Zone➚.
  • Cost: $150 for 50 minute programs; $75 for 25 minute programs.
  • Lesson Request Form: Click here to register for SeaTrek.

Lessons

Sea Me Read

Lesson Title: Smiley Shark
Ages: K-2
Fee: $75
Time: 25 minutes
Details: SMILE! Join us on an ocean adventure and meet a lonely shark who loves to smile. Read along as we help him save the day and find some friends.
Objectives: Students will learn about shark diversity and the characteristics of sharks. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills. Finally, students will learn why sharks are threatened and what they can do to help conserve them.
Overview: In this videoconference, Mote Marine Laboratory will present a media-rich literaSEA videoconference on sharks.

  • Types of sharks (3 minutes)
  • The Story of Smiley Shark (7 minutes)
  • Fishy Thoughts: Help our educator answer a few questions about sharks! (4 minute)
  • Look through Smiley Shark’s photo album to meet his friends (1 minute)
  • Shark Conservation: What you can do to help (1 minute)
  • Questions and Answers (~5 minutes)

Lesson Title: Clumsy Crab
Ages: K-2
Fee: $75
Time: 25 minutes
Details: Snip, snap! Nipper the Crab hates his huge clumsy claws. Read along with us as we find out how useful Clumsy's claws can be.
Objectives: Students will learn about crab diversity and the characteristics of invertebrates. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills.
Overview: In this videoconference, Mote Marine Laboratory will present a media-rich videoconference on crabs.

  • Am I Crabby?, a crab guessing game (4 minutes)
  • The story of Clumsy Crab (8 minutes)
  • Fishy Thoughts, help answer a few questions about crabs (3 minute)
  • Kinds of crabs and crab relatives (invertebrates) (2 minutes)
  • Questions and Answers (5-8 minutes)

Lesson Title: If A Dolphin Were A Fish
Ages: K-2
Fee: $75
Time: 25 minutes
Details: Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other animals. Readers will watch Delfina become a fish with gills, a sea turtle laying eggs, a pelican with feathers, an octopus without bones, a shark with a sense of smell and even a vegetarian manatee. The incredible “morphing” illustrations will have children laughing as they learn about the real differences between these animals! Join us on this ocean adventure as we discover what makes a mammal a mammal and how creatures have adapted to live in the sea.
Objectives: Students will learn about marine animal adaptations and animal classification (mammal, reptile, bird, etc). Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills.

Sharks

Lesson Title: Sharks Alive
Ages: 3-12+
Fee: $75
Time: 25 minutes
Details: The program is a live, two-way interactive program focused on shark research at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. We begin with an overview of shark husbandry and training at our aquarium and the research technology we use. We end with a Question and Answer session with our Ocean Expert.
Objectives: Students will participate in a virtual shark training session with our aquarium biologists; identify reasons why we train sharks and other animals in human care discover husbandry and training techniques biologist use to manage animals in human care; learn about the technology we use to study sharks in the wild; engage in a discussion with our ocean expert about sharks or other ocean animals; develop an appreciation for sharks and their important ecological roles.

Lesson Title: Shark Zone
Ages: 3-12
Fee: $150
Time: 50 minutes
Details: Don't be afraid! See sharks up close and learn the truth about them! Find out why it's more dangerous to be at home than in the water with these fascinating creatures.
Objectives: The students will learn about the behavior of sharks, types of sharks, and the anatomy and physiology of sharks (including the senses). Students will also learn about the popular misconceptions about sharks and why they are often misunderstood.
Overview: In this videoconference, Mote Marine Laboratory will present a media-rich videoconference on sharks. Topics include:

  • Types of sharks (~5 minutes)
  • Shark facts versus shark myths; simple statistics from the International Shark Attack File (~5 minutes)
  • Shark senses and super-senses (electroreception) (~10 minutes)
  • Shark feeding contrasted with other behaviors (~15 minutes)
  • Shark anatomy/physiology (bony fish vs. cartilaginous fish, buoyancy) (~10 minutes)
  • Questions and Answers (~5 minutes)

Coral Reefs

Lesson Title: Discovery Reef
Ages: 5-12+
Fee: $75
Time: 25 minutes
Details: Help Meno the Angelfish find his way home! Along the way, students discover marvelous treasures hidden inside the coral reef!
Objectives: The student will understand the basic ecology of coral reefs; learn about relationships found on a coral reef; understand coral anatomy, reproduction, and defense; understand why coral reefs are important; learn how Mote Marine Laboratory studies coral reefs; learn how we can protect coral reefs
Overview: In this videoconference, Mote Marine Laboratory will present a media-rich videoconference on coral reefs. Topics include:

  • Opening featuring Animal or Vegetable
  • Interactive coral reef game show called Discovery Reef featuring: Coral polyp anatomy; Coral reproduction; Coral defense; Coral reef distribution; Threats to corals; Biodiversity of coral reefs
  • What can students do to help coral reefs
  • Questions and Answers

Lesson Title: Sanctuary Reef
Ages: 9-12+
Fee: $150
Time: 50 minutes
Details: Why are coral reefs important? Discover the value of coral reefs to wildlife and how important they are to people too.
Objectives: To demonstrate the value and importance of coral reefs to wildlife and to people.
Overview: In this videoconference, Mote Marine Laboratory will present a media-rich videoconference on coral reefs. Topics include:

  • Opening featuring Animal or Vegetable (~5 min.)
  • Interactive coral reef game show called Don't Take Me Too Littorally (40 min.); Polyp Palooza - coral anatomy (~5 min.); Artificial Surf - coral conservation and restoration (~5 min.); Waste Deep - pollution and threats to coral reefs (~5 min.); For Whom the Shell Atolls - coral reef formation (~5 min.); Sleeping with the Anemone - coral reef symbiosis (~5 min.); Lord of the Stings - coral defense (~5 min.); Forest for the Seas - coral reef diversity (~5 min.); Call Me Fish Meal - coral reef food webs (~5 min.); What can students do to help coral reefs (~5 min.)
  • Questions and Answers (~5-15 min.)
  • Questions and Answers

Sea Turtles

Lesson Title: Ancient Reptiles
Ages: 3-8
Fee: $150
Time: 50 minutes
Details: Our lively gameshow reveals why sea turtles are truly amazing reptiles. We discover what a hatchling needs to survive in the open ocean and then take a tour of our sea turtle exhibits.
Objectives: Students will learn about general reptile characteristics and the different species of sea turtles. Student will also learn where sea turtles live and nest and their basic adaptations to marine life. Finally students will learn why sea turtles are threatened and what conservation measures are being taken to protect them.
Overview: In this videoconference, Mote Marine Laboratory will present a media-rich videoconference on sea turtles. Topics presented include:

  • Reptile characteristics game
  • Nesting behaviour and turtle hatchling survival
  • Unique turtle adaptations
  • Role of sea turtles in the ecosystem
  • Sea turtles species game
  • Walkthrough of Mote's sea turtle hospital
  • Threats to sea turtles and sea turtle conservation
  • Questions and Answers

Manatees

Lesson Title: Manatee Mania
Ages: 3-8
Fee: $150
Time: 50 minutes
Details: How do you train a 3000-pound relative of the elephant? Learn how we care for Hugh and Buffett, our resident West Indian manatees, and find out how big and smart they are.
Objectives: The student will learn the basic characteristics of a mammal, and the adaptations of manatees. The student will also learn how captive manatees are cared for and what conservation efforts are being made for wild populations.
Overview: In this videoconference, Mote Marine Laboratory will present a media-rich videoconference on manatees. Topics presented include:

  • Basic mammal characteristics and specific manatee anatomy
  • Captive animal husbandry and training
  • Environmental Enrichment Devices (EEDs)
  • Threats to manatees and how the students can help
  • Questions and Answers

Specials

Lesson Title: Sea Science at Work (Marine Careers)
Ages: 8-12
Fee: $200
Time: 50 minutes
Details: Go behind the science at Mote Marine Laboratory as we discover the fascinating fields of marine science.
Objectives: The students will learn about marine science and aquarium careers and what it takes to work in these fields.

Billing

We invoice after successful delivery of each program. Payment is due in full upon receipt of the invoice. Checks should be made out to Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your confirmed videoconference date to avoid billing. A 1.5% late charge will be added thirty days after the invoice date. Non-payment will result in the denial of further registrations from your organization. Program fees will not be waived due to technical issues unless specific problems can be reliably traced to a SeaTrek technology malfunction.

Connection Technology

We are open to connecting with any technology. We can easily connect via H.323 (Polycom/Cisco/Lifesize, etc); Google Hangout; Skype; Blackboard Collaborate; Zoom and more. If you don't see your preferred connection technology on Lesson Request form, contact us to see how we can best meet your needs. Tech Checks are recommended before your connection.

SeaTrek brings ocean science to your classroom.
Behind the scenes at SeaTrek.
Kasey presents a sharks program to middle schoolers.